deep-fried-burgers

Bite Club: How to Make The Burger Our Founding Fathers Would Have Wanted You to Make

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Lunch 6/21/2014: Katsu Burger, 6538 4th Avenue S, Seattle

Me: Ohayou Gozaimasu burger (deep-fried beef patty, cheddar cheese, bacon, fried egg, Japanese mayo, and tonkatsu sauce).

The fiance: Godzilla burger (deep-fried beef patty, pepper jack cheese, 12 spice blend, jalapenos, spicy mayo, and tonkatsu sauce).

Shared: Nori fries.

Amazeballs.

First of all, they’re deep-fried burgers. Secondly, they’re gigantic (I tried to capture their height in the last pic). Thirdly, they just tasted awesome.

We particularly loved that deep-fried crunch in every bite. Our burgers were very different (his spicy, mine not), but we thoroughly enjoyed both. 

We were addicted to the nori fries (sprinkled generously with seaweed) after the first bite. They’ll leave you extremely thirsty by the end of your meal, but they’re so worth it. We dipped them in Japanese mayo. YUM. The meal definitely hit the spot after a nearly 7-mile-long hike!

A Look at McDonald's Japan's World Cup Menu

With the semi-finals starting today, I figured it was the perfect time to give you a first-hand look at the items on McDonald’s Japan’s special World Cup menu, which I sampled my way though in Tokyo last week…

The Brazil BBQ Beef Burger, basically a Big Mac topped with red and yellow peppers and a special Latin BBQ “grill sauce”. Nothing special, not much flavor. But I did love the soccer ball shaped bun!

The two new McNugget sauces they offered, German Curry Sauce and Italian Basil & Cheese…

Both terrible…

Then there were these…

Deep-fried Risotto Balls, one an herb & tomato rice ball, the other a squid ink rice ball…

Both filled with cheese. The squid ink at least had some nice flavor to it, although I have my doubts it was real squid ink…

Ah, the Japan Burger, supposedly a deep fried “minced beef” burger…

Soccer ball bun, good start…

And there was a “burger” under all that shredded cabbage…

But I swear, this was THE WORST thing I have ever tried at any McDonald’s anywhere in the world! Just disgusting.

No flavor or texture. The closest I have ever come to understanding what “eating cardboard” is like. Aptly named though as its terrible taste perfectly reflected the Japanese team’s piss poor performance in the Cup!

However, on the hand, there was the French Chicken Cordon Bleu Burger, not even given the respect of its own personalized box…

Rather plain looking, to be honest…

But this deep-fried chicken patty with melted cheese and sliced ham on a super soft bun was probably THE BEST specialty burger I have ever eaten at a Japanese McDonald’s! The flavors all worked. For a fast food burger, this blew me away. Really.

I did not get the chance to try the German Pork Schnitzel Burger though. Featuring a deep-fried pork cutlet with potato salad, roast onions and a mushroom sauce on a pretzel bun, this baby proved so popular, it sold out on a national level in just a few days!

So much like the World Cup itself, this McDonald’s menu proved to be a mixed bag, full of surprises and disappointments with more than a few bad calls.